REGINA – As students begin returning to school, Wednesday (Sept. 1) has been officially proclaimed “Provincial Students’ Day” in Saskatchewan, as requested annually by the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA).
“As we welcome students, staff and families back to school, health and safety continue to be paramount for school divisions,” said Dr. Shawn Davidson, president of the SSBA. “We will be focusing on making this a great year of safe learning, connections and fun. We also think it’s important as-ever to issue a reminder about school-zone safety and we are encouraging all Saskatchewan communities to pay close attention as our roads, walkways and school zones get busier with returning students and staff.”
Provincial Students’ Day was first proclaimed in 2010, in response to a resolution passed by the province’s trustees at the SSBA 2009 Annual General Meeting. It is usually proclaimed on the first Tuesday of September. This year, it was moved to coincide with the change in school-year start.
The day has always been focused on helping ensure safety is the primary consideration for students, families and communities, and especially for motorists who will be driving in and around school zones. The Government of Saskatchewan proclaims the day each year at the SSBA’s request, with the intent of reinforcing the message of care and concern for students going to and from school.
“I would like to commend the Saskatchewan School Boards Association for taking the initiative each year to proclaim Provincial Students’ Day in Saskatchewan and we are pleased to welcome all students back to a more normal school year. It is especially meaningful this year as we all work to ensure schools are safe and welcoming,” Education Minister Dustin Duncan said. “The Government of Saskatchewan proclaims Provincial Students’ Day to help remind motorists the importance on this day, and every day, of using caution and slowing down in and around school zones to keep all students safe.”